Robin Olds

United States Air Force general Robin Olds

Robin Olds was an American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a "triple ace", with a combined total of 16 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 as a brigadier general. The son of regular Army Maj. Gen. Robert Olds, educated at West Point, and the product of an upbringing in the early years of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Olds epitomized the youthful World War II fighter pilot.
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Birthday
14 July 1922
Deceased
14 June 2007
home town
Honolulu

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The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif., Chris Smith column - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Google News - over 6 years
He was Robin Olds, one of the world's greatest fighter pilots. The boldly mustachioed West Point graduate flew 107 combat missions in World War II and, 20 years later, taught and inspired younger pilots while leading 152 missions in Vietnam
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Ace fighter pilot's daughter and biographer lives here now, can't wait for the ... - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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By Chris Smith/The Press Democrat If the name Robin Olds means something to you, perhaps you've read up on the boldy mustachioed triple-ace fighter pilot who flew 107 combat missions in World War II and, 20 years later, fired up and mentored younger
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Balance in science coverage, new health funds - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
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Chief Executive Robin Olds was impressed by the quality of successful applications, stating: "We are supporting some very exciting studies this year, which reflect the very high calibre of New Zealand health research." The full list of funded projects
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UC-led project receives major funding boost - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Google News - over 6 years
Such information is important, said Professor Woodward, to help ensure clinical interventions optimise brain development and child outcomes during the educationally crucial preschool and primary school years. HRC Chief Executive Dr Robin Olds said the
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$4m boosts quake stress study - Star Canterbury
Google News - over 6 years
Around half of the study cohort was not in Christchurch at the time of the quake, allowing vital comparisons to be made between those that directly experienced the disaster and those that did not,"explained HRC chief executive Dr Robin Olds
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Commentary - Robin Olds: Wolf Pack hero, legacy - Sourdough Sentinel
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7/14/2011 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- This historian is hardly the first to declare Robin Olds as the greatest aerial warrior and leader in American history. When learning about his life, it is as if our Creator was making the perfect
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Fighter Pilot: the memoirs of legendary ace Robin Olds — book review - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
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Fighter Pilot: the memoirs of legendary ace Robin Olds, Robin Olds with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus, 2010, ISBN 978-0-312-56023-2, 400 pp. Robin Olds lived a life marked by all three of the above. He had a full life with both good and bad experiences
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'Bedford Array' May Have F-35C Uses After All - F-16.net
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Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF. The first part of your quote - only - is a proper quote - the last half of the purported quote in BOLD is NOT. You have misunderstood what the Bedford Array is all about. As stated in the above article and I'll
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On the Bookshelf: What developer Jack Scheidler is reading - Bowling Green Daily News
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Two titles about military heroes Sheidler recommends are “American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day,” by Robert Coram, a biography of the most decorated living American veteran; and “Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds,”
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Secretary Donley congratulates new officers at Academy commencement - Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base
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"Know that we are proud of you, that General Schwartz and the rest of our leadership team are committed to your future success, and that there's no Air Force leader, past or present -- not even General (Robin) Olds himself, were he alive today -- who
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HRC funding announced for top emerging health researchers - New Zealand Doctor Online
Google News - almost 7 years
"I am very pleased that we are once again able to support this country's greatest young research talent in this way," says HRC's Chief Executive, Dr Robin Olds. These young people are outstanding in their respective research fields and with these
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Robin Olds, 84, Fighter Ace; Hero of Big Vietnam Battle
NYTimes - over 10 years
Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, a World War II fighter ace who became an aviation legend by commanding the Air Force wing that shot down seven MIGs over North Vietnam in the biggest air battle of the Vietnam War, died last Thursday at his home in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He was 84. The Air Force said the cause was congestive heart failure. He had earlier
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Ella Raines, a Star of Westerns And Dramas in the 40's, Dies at 67
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: Ella Raines, an actress who starred in film dramas, comedies and westerns during the 1940's, died of throat cancer May 30 in Los Angeles. She was 67 years old. Ella Raines, an actress who starred in film dramas, comedies and westerns during the 1940's, died of throat cancer May 30 in Los Angeles. She was 67 years old. Ms. Raines's film career
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11 Named to College Football Hall
NYTimes - about 33 years
Paul Hornung of Notre Dame and a fellow Heisman Trophy winner, Mike Garrett of Southern Cal, were among 11 former players named yesterday to the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame. Also selected for induction Dec. 3 were Doug Atkins, the former Tennessee lineman; George Brown, the former Navy and San Diego State guard; Bill Glass,
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 84
    On the evening of June 14, 2007, General Olds died from congestive heart failure in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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  • 2006
    Age 83
    The History Channel, in its series Dogfights, recreated Operation Bolo using a computer animation for an episode entitled "Air Ambush", first telecast on November 10, 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 82
    In his retirement at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Olds pursued his love of skiing and served on the city's planning commission. He was active in public speaking, making 21 events as late in his life as 2005 and 13 in 2006.
  • 2001
    Age 78
    Olds' fondness for alcohol was well known. John Darrell Sherwood, in his book Fast Movers: Jet Pilots and the Vietnam Experience, posits that Olds' heavy drinking hurt his post-Vietnam career. On July 12, 2001, Olds was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest near his home in Steamboat Springs.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 50
    Olds decided to leave the Air Force when the offer was refused (he was offered another inspection tour instead) and he retired on June 1, 1973.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 48
    Air Force Inspector General and Olds' West Point classmate Lt Gen Louis L. Wilson, Jr., sent Olds to Southeast Asia in the autumn of 1971 to determine the state of readiness of Air Force pilots.
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    In February 1971 he began his last duty assignment as director of aerospace safety in the Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters USAF, and after December 1971 as part of the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, a newly activated separate operating agency located at Norton Air Force Base, California.
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  • 1967
    Age 44
    After relinquishing command of the 8th TFW on September 23, 1967, Olds reported for duty to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in December 1967. He served as Commandant of Cadets for three years and sought to restore morale in the wake of a major cheating scandal. Olds was promoted to brigadier general on June 1, 1968, with seniority dating from May 28.
    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Colonel Robin Olds (AFSN: 0-26046), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Strike Mission Commander in the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, against the Paul Doumer Bridge, a major north-south transportation link on Hanoi's Red River in North Vietnam, on 11 August 1967.
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    He flew his final combat mission over North Vietnam on September 23, 1967.
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    He was awarded a fourth Silver Star for leading a three-aircraft low-level bombing strike on March 30, 1967, and the Air Force Cross for an attack on the Paul Doumer Bridge in Hanoi on August 11, one of five awarded to Air Force pilots for that mission.
  • 1966
    Age 43
    On September 30, 1966, Olds took command of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, based at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base.
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  • 1963
    Age 40
    Following his Pentagon assignment, Olds attended the National War College, graduating in 1963.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 36
    From November 1959 to March 1960, his section worked intensely to develop a program reducing the entire structure of the ADC with the purpose of generating $6.5 billion for classified funding to develop the SR-71 Blackbird.
  • 1958
    Age 35
    Olds had administrative and staff duty assignments at the Pentagon between 1958 and 1962 as the Deputy Chief, Air Defense Division, Headquarters USAF.
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    He then was made chief of the Weapons Proficiency Center at Wheelus Air Base, Libya, in charge of all fighter weapons training for the United States Air Forces Europe until July 1958.
  • 1955
    Age 32
    At first on the command staff of the 86th Fighter-Interceptor Wing at Landstuhl Air Base, Germany, Olds then commanded its Sabre-equipped 86th Fighter-Interceptor Group from October 8, 1955, to August 10, 1956.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 26
    Following his exchange assignment, Olds returned to March AFB to become operations officer of the 94th Fighter Squadron of the 1st Fighter Group, flying F-86A Sabres, on November 15, 1949.
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  • 1948
    Age 25
    Flying the Gloster Meteor jet fighter, he commanded No. 1 Squadron at Royal Air Force Station Tangmere between October 20, 1948 and September 25, 1949, the first foreigner to command an RAF unit in peacetime.
    Olds went to England under the U.S. Air Force/Royal Air Force Exchange Program in 1948.
  • 1947
    Age 24
    They married in Beverly Hills on February 6, 1947, and had two daughters, Christina and Susan, and a son, Robert Ernest, who was stillborn in 1958. Most of their 29-year marriage, marked by frequent extended separations and difficult homecomings, was turbulent because of a clash of lifestyles, particularly her refusal to ever live in government housing on base. Robin Olds and Ella Raines separated in 1975 and divorced in 1976. Robin married Abigail Morgan Sellers Barnett in January 1978, and they divorced after fifteen years of marriage.
  • 1946
    Age 23
    The jet demonstration performances with Herbst ended tragically on July 4, 1946, when Herbst crashed at the Del Mar Racetrack after his aircraft stalled during an encore of their routine finale in which the P-80s did a loop while configured to land.
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    In April 1946, he and Lieutenant Colonel John C. "Pappy" Herbst formed what he believed was the Air Force's first jet aerobatic demonstration team.
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    Returning to the United States after the war, Olds was assigned at West Point as an assistant football coach for Red Blaik. Apparently resented by many on the staff for his rapid rise in rank and plethora of combat decorations, Olds transferred in February 1946 to the 412th Fighter Group at March Field, California, to fly the P-80 Shooting Star, which began a career-long professional struggle with superiors he viewed as more promotion- than warrior-minded.
  • 1945
    Age 22
    His final World War II aerial kill occurred on April 7, 1945, when Olds in Scat VI led the 479th Fighter Group on a mission escorting B-24s bombing an ammunition dump in Lüneburg, Germany.
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    Promoted to major on February 9, 1945, Olds claimed his seventh victory southeast of Magdeburg, Germany the same day, downing another Bf 109.
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  • 1944
    Age 21
    He completed his first combat tour on November 9, 1944, accruing 270 hours of combat time and six kills.
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    In early 1944 he became part of the cadre assigned to build up the newly activated 434th Fighter Squadron and its parent 479th Fighter Group, based at Lomita, California.
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  • 1943
    Age 20
    After gunnery training at Matagorda, Texas in the first half of August 1943, he was assigned to P-38 phase training at Muroc Army Air Field, California.
    Olds received his pilot's wings personally from Gen. Henry H. Arnold on May 30, 1943, and graduated on June 1 as a member of the Class of June 1943, 194th in general merit of 514 graduates.
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    In March 1943, Olds was braced by an officer upon returning from leave in New York City, and compelled on penalty of an honor violation to admit he had consumed alcohol.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 19
    Olds was briefly a stepbrother of author Gore Vidal after Olds' father married for the fourth time in June 1942, to Nina Gore Auchinloss.
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    In the Army–Navy Game of 1942, which was played at Annapolis instead of Philadelphia, Olds had both upper front teeth knocked out when he received a forearm blow to the mouth while making a tackle.
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    In 1942 he was named by Collier's Weekly as its "Lineman of the Year" and by Grantland Rice as "Player of the Year."
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  • 1939
    Age 16
    As a result, the new academy superintendent, Maj. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger, replaced the head coach (an Army officer) with Earl "Red" Blaik, a 1920 graduate and head coach at Dartmouth, who had recruited Olds in 1939.
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  • 1937
    Age 14
    Olds attended Hampton High School where he was elected president of his class three successive years, and played varsity high school football on a team that won the state championship of Virginia in 1937.
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    His father was made commander of the pioneer B-17 Flying Fortress 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field on March 1, 1937, and promoted to lieutenant colonel on March 7.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Age 2
    On November 10, 1925, his father appeared as a witness on behalf of Billy Mitchell during Mitchell's court-martial in Washington, D.C..
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  • 1922
    Born
    Olds was born "Robert Oldys, Jr." in Honolulu into an Army family and spent much of his boyhood in Hampton, Virginia, where he attended elementary and high school. His father was Captain (later Major General) Robert Oldys (later Olds), an instructor pilot in France during World War I, former aide to Brigadier General Billy Mitchell from 1922 to 1925, and a leading advocate of strategic bombing in the Air Corps.
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